Under the Surface: Fascinating Photography

We had such a great response to the photography in the Under The Surface photos in the most recent issue of The List, we decided to catch up with our photographer, Hege Røkenes, to hear more about this amazing art form. Many believed that the photographs could not have been from our very own fjord and the surrounding areas, but they are!

The subtle beauty of humans exploring the sea captured in this image of three divers exploring the sea bed

“The Trondheim fjord and it’s surrounding is a beautiful place for under water exploration with a lot of opportunities to photograph marine life. The inner part of the fjord itself is not known for having the greatest visibility, but knowing that you just have to focus on the stuff that does not require pristine condition, the closer you look the more you will find. The motifs range from wide to macro, I even do shots of macro life with a wide angle fisheye, to get some different expressions. Under water photography requires a lot of practice, and first of all you need to get your diving skills in place, regardless if you are scubadiving or freediving. If you want to start photographing under water i recommend you join a club to meet others with the same interest to learn from. I am a member of Draugen Froskemannsklubb (scuba) and Trondheim fridykkerklubb (freediving) which both has a fair few photography enthusiast in them.” – Hege Røkenes

 

To see more of Hege’s work please and find out how you can see theses fascinating places and creatures, please visit: http://trdfridykk.no and http://www.draugen-fmk.no

A rather photogenic dragonet fish
A shy pipefish using some kelp for cover
A rock lobster!
A complex ecosystem of Medusa coral, urchins, starfish and other sea life.
Busksneglen (Dendronotus frondosus)
Spiny Urchin
Diver surrounded by krill
Sepietta Oweniana (aka Adorable Octopus